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1

The Seafront has lost its identity as the heart of Folkestone

2

The former Seafront businesses and leisure activities are no longer economically viable

3

The quality of the Seafront environment has been downgraded by the redundant remnants of its past

4

The economic downturn has stalled the development of the Seafront

5

The previous regeneration proposals relied heavily upon a large upfront investment in infrastructure

6

The Seafront is physically disconnected from the rest of the Town

7

The existing traffic system and public transport system network further restrict access to the Seafront

8

Flood risk resulting from climate change is now a major issue to be overcome for any development of the Seafront

9

There is little or no diversity of character, experience or environment along the Seafront

A

Folkestone has a rich and varied history

B

The Town now enjoys high-speed rail connections to London within 55 minutes and Europe, with Paris under 2 hours away.

C

The landscape character and bio-diversity surrounding the Seafront is rich and varied

D

The Old Town is regenerating through investment in creative enterprises

E

There is a growing trend to holiday in the UK due to climate change issues and cost

F

There is a growing trend toward healthy urban lifestyles which could help create new uses and activities along the Seafront

G

New pedestrian and traffic linkages can be created to ease disconnectivity

H

Folkestone already enjoys a rich variety of urban neighbourhoods

I

New 'low-tech' methods of flood protection using 'beach nourishment' are proving successful along the coastline
Challenges and Opportunities

Challenges and Opportunities

Folkestone Seafront presents a unique opportunity to design and build an environment that will stand the test of time, improve the attractiveness of the town for residents and visitors and provide better access to seaside amenities for generations to come.

Through developing the Seafront, Folkestone can capitalise on its natural assets and other opportunities that either exist now or will arise in the coming years. However, there are also challenges in arriving at a successful formula for the development of the Seafront, and the consultation and planning process seeks to identify and address them.

Challenges
1
The Seafront has lost its identity as the heart of Folkestone
2
The former Seafront businesses and leisure activities are no longer economically viable
3
The quality of the Seafront environment has been downgraded by the redundant remnants of its past
4
The economic downturn has stalled the development of the Seafront
5
The previous regeneration proposals relied heavily upon a large upfront investment in infrastructure
6
The Seafront is physically disconnected from the rest of the Town
7
The existing traffic system and public transport system network further restrict access to the Seafront
8
Flood risk resulting from climate change is now a major issue to be overcome for any development of the Seafront
9
There is little or no diversity of character, experience or environment along the Seafront
Opportunities
A
Folkestone has a rich and varied history
B
The Town now enjoys high-speed rail connections to London within 55 minutes and Europe, with Paris under 2 hours away.
C
The landscape character and bio-diversity surrounding the Seafront is rich and varied
D
The Old Town is regenerating through investment in creative enterprises
E
There is a growing trend to holiday in the UK due to climate change issues and cost
F
There is a growing trend toward healthy urban lifestyles which could help create new uses and activities along the Seafront
G
New pedestrian and traffic linkages can be created to ease disconnectivity
H
Folkestone already enjoys a rich variety of urban neighbourhoods
I
New 'low-tech' methods of flood protection using 'beach nourishment' are proving successful along the coastline